Books that go BUMP in the Night

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With Halloween on the approach, we have gathered a selection of titles which will leave you sleeping with the lights on…

The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R Green

ISBN 9780727883889

ISBN 9780727883889 Click to read an extract.

Simon Green is known primarily as a science fiction author, with his hugely popular Nightside and Deathstalker series. In his new Ishmael Jones series, Green has combined what fans love about his SF with a new ingredient – mystery.

The Dark Side of the Road introduces Ishmael Jones – a very different kind of sleuth. He is someone who can’t afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar; who drives on the dark side of the road. He’s employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes, he kills people. Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand and isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them is harbouring a dangerous secret. As the storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again.

“Fans of the British TV series Torchwood will enjoy the irreverent, otherworldly protagonist” – Booklist

“readers will be anxious for a sequel” – Publishers Weekly

The Plague of the Manitou by Graham Masterton

ISBN 9780727884923

ISBN 9780727884923

The latest Manitou novel, by master of horror Graham Masterton, is as visceral and gripping as the debut which made his name.

Virus expert Anna Grey wonders if she’s going mad when she hears a corpse whisper: ‘Get it out of me.’ There is no such thing as demons, she tells herself. But cynical fortune-teller Harry Erskine knows otherwise; he has faced the Manitou before, and a series of disturbing events are forcing him from his Miami home towards Anna, who as yet has little idea of the evil she is facing.

“With all the classic elements of a psychological horror and all the viscera of an elaborate movie, Plague of the Manitou is a truly chilling presentation.” – Frances Carden, Readers Lane

“fans of horror should not hesitate in picking this novel up.” Josef Hernandez, examiner.com

The Bell Tower by Sarah Rayne

ISBN 9780727885593

ISBN 9780727885593

Fans of Gothic horror rejoice; the latest Sarah Rayne novel is published in the UK on 30th October. In this new Michael Flint and Nell West mystery, a 400-year-old crime continues to menace the present in this spine-chilling tale.

When Nell West starts extending her Oxford antiques shop, she is not expecting to uncover strange fragments of its past: fragments that include a frightened message scribbled on old plaster work, dated 1850 and referring to someone called Thaisa.

She also uncovers a mysterious link with a village on the Dorset coast – a village with an ancient bell tower and dark memories of a piece of music known locally as ‘Thaisa’s Song’. The sea is gradually encroaching on the derelict tower, but the old Glaum Bell still hangs in the lonely bell chamber and although it was silenced, people whisper that its chime is still occasionally heard.

As Nell and Michael Flint discover, the tower is mysteriously entangled with the story of Thaisa and a 400-year-old tragedy that has echoed down the centuries.

“Highly enjoyable mainstream horror fare from a genre veteran.” – Booklist on The Whispering

“Fans of ghost stories will continue to appreciate these supernatural investigations.” – Publishers Weekly on The Whispering

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